Halloween for kids!

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Halloween for kids!

Now, don’t get me wrong. Many MANY adults love Halloween, but it’s pretty much become more of a kid’s holiday and I feel as though a majority of Halloween items out there are marketed to children or to decorating for children and entertaining children. This is great though, because helping our children enjoy Halloween is the fastest way to get more adults to enjoy Halloween.

Decorating your home is definitely an important part of Halloween and though helping your child choose their costume is most important, they will have a hard time getting into the Halloween spirit without pumpkins out front or a hay barrel to sit on while eating a caramel apple. Luckily we sell plenty of kid friendly decorations. Meaning ones that are safe for kids to play with, or use to decorate their house/room themselves! Many of these decoration ideas are also great for classrooms for Halloween parties and other school festivities.

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Gel clings are some of our favorite decorations because they are simple and easy for kids to apply and play with while being non-toxic and easy to remove. Check out our blood splatter gel clings, which may be a little violent for some of the younger kids, but could be lots of fun for older children. We also have these festive little Happy Halloween gel clings. Also going off the same sort of ease of use is our Halloween window stickers! They are a great way for your children to decorate your windows or doors at home or school (and don’t worry, they come off easily!) Halloween cutouts are also a great idea for decorating because they are easy to use and have super cute kid friendly designs like smiling ghosts, pumpkins, cats and skeletons! Grab your cutouts and a small roll of tape, allow your kids to pick spots where they’d like to hang the cutouts and simply just apply a piece of tape to hang them up! Although confetti can be a bit messy, the kids will definitely have a lot of fun using it to decorate, pick a place where they’re limited and let them sprinkle it on tables or other areas and spread it out for a decorated look. Again this could be a fun decoration at school! Another great option for school is these Halloween activity sheets! Most schools will have Halloween parties with snacks and drinks and other activities. These Halloween activity sheets are a great way to keep the kids calm and occupied while enjoying the Halloween festivities. In addition we have plenty of Halloween favors to hand out to the kids in party bags or you can use them as prizes for games and other Halloween contests. You can check out some of our favorite Halloween favor ideas here. But we love these glow sticks, these skull glow rings, Halloween temporary tattoos, spider rings, necklaces, sunglasses, etc.. the ideas are endless and we have plenty of cute little Halloween favor bags to put the goodies in! Simply tie some Halloween colored string on to close them and place all the treat bags in a basket for prizes or Halloween handouts!

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And although we don’t sell costumes, we have plenty of non-toxic Halloween makeup, hairspray and costume accessories to help complete your child’s costume.

Halloween is truly a kid’s holiday in all that it has to offer for kids.. As far as adults go, enjoy the decorations around your home, grab your Halloween cocktail and sit out by the fire while you hand out some Halloween candy favorites!

The perfect little Halloween Party Menu!

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If you’re throwing a Halloween party this year, it’s time to start thinking about the ghoulish goodies you’ll be serving! Your Halloween party menu is one of the most, if not THE MOST important part of the festivities. Your guests are going to be hungry AND thirsty so you must make sure you have plenty of snacks and drinks on your Halloween party menu, to keep the party going.

Since Halloween is on a Saturday this year, partying is a must. That’s why our first order of business is picking the drink of the night for your Halloween party menu! It’s definitely smart to do an alcoholic and non-alcoholic drink for kids or guests that do not drink alcoholic beverages.

You can find plenty of cocktail recipes on the internet, especially Halloween cocktails. All you have to do is pick your favorite and follow the recipe! There are so many neat looking cocktails that can involve a lot of steps and a lot of different liquors and mixers. We wanted to pick something that was simple AND will look really neat to your guests, that’s why we chose this “Bloody Orange” cocktail for your Halloween party menu! With a mix of orange juice, club soda and vodka and a splash of raspberry syrup, you can create an eerie looking cocktail, especially when you top it off with a syringe prop! Get the recipe for this creepy little cocktail here! For a non-alcoholic version, skip the vodka and add sprite! Or you can choose a fun non-alcoholic punch for your guests to help themselves, like this magic potion punch! Now that you have your drink recipes… what ever will you put them in?! Well, that’s where we come in, of course! We have a large variety of different premium quality plastic drinkware for your party. For the bloody orange cocktail we recommend a martini glass or a 9-10oz tumbler. Check out some of our other plastic drinkware options here.

Next up, Appetizers! An absolute fave and might even be all you need on your Halloween party menu if you’re planning on having a cocktail party. Appetizers are a great way to keep food in your guest’s bellies while not over-stuffing them with a large meal. Plus, you can do many different kinds so everyone has different options to choose from! Put them out for your guests to pick at throughout the night! Since we are more partial to the appetizer idea, we chose three of our favorites to show you!

Our first choice is deviled egg “eyeballs.” These are great because everyone loves deviled eggs and by adding a spooky “eyeball” look to them, you’re only making them fun on top of delicious! Get the recipe here. You can serve these on one of our many tray options, such as our black motif charger plate (perfect for Halloween), any of our three white plastic platters, or our clear plastic tray.

Our second choice for a Halloween appetizer is called “Swamp Chili.” We love this one because seriously, who doesn’t love chili when it’s chilly out?! It’s a perfect option for your Halloween party menu! The best part about this swamp chili is that it sounds delicious but look disgusting, almost like a…. SWAMP! Get the recipe here! Now, you don’t want your guests to get too full at your cocktail party, especially when there’s other appetizers to try, so serve your swamp chili in cordial glasses, mini clear square tumblers, or cocktail cubs, stick in mini cocktail spoons for the perfect portion!

Our last appetizer choice is a simple, but yummy three in one popcorn crunch. With festive candy corn and a sweet coating, your guests won’t be able to resist this little treat. Get the recipe here! Now the wonderful thing about this three in one popcorn crunch, is the way you can serve it! You can easily serve it in a large bowl for guests to grab and put into a bowl or you can hand out small helpings of this little Halloween party menu treat. Either way you choose to serve, we have the supplies. If you woud like to serve in a large bowl check out our metallic fall bowl, for small serving bowls for guests to eat their treat, check out our mini cocktail cubes. They’re a great option for a small little serving, be sure to make extra so guests can have seconds!

Now, for a cocktail party, the cocktails are obviously the most important and you have your drink of the night on your Halloween party menu. Be sure to have a fully stocked bar and tons of beer for guests that would like something classic. We have tons of plastic drinkware to accommodate all sorts of drinks, check it out here.

Now that you have your appetizers and cocktail of the night (as well as your fully stocked bar) you’re ready to choose a dessert for the end of your Halloween party menu! Desserts are great for later in the night when those late night cravings return. That’s why we chose this “Creepy Crawly Cake,” because let’s face it… who can resist chocolate cake? Follow the recipe (here) to create a delicious and delectable chocolate cake then add the final Halloween touch… small rubber cockroaches! Use one of our plastic cake stands to serve the cake and hand out small plates like these white 5in premium quality square plates for your guests to grab a piece! If you’re looking for a more festive plate to serve dessert check out any of our Halloween patterned dessert plates here!

This should give you an idea of some wonderful things to serve on your Halloween party menu (and serve ON) at your Halloween cocktail party, and if not, it should at least give you an idea where to start!

Enjoy!

Sources:

  1. http://goo.gl/zrKf7X – Taste of Home: “Magic Potion Punch”
  2. http://goo.gl/72zmDB – HGTV – “Bloody Orange Cocktail” By: Sam Henderson
  3. http://goo.gl/go9ZeJ – Buzzfeed Life – “27 Fun Snacks for a Halloween Party” By: Christine Byrne
  4. http://goo.gl/b3KSxd – Food&Wine – “Swamp Chili” By: Grace Parisi
  5. http://goo.gl/c7YKyy – Taste of Home – “Three-in-one Popcorn Crunch”
  6. http://goo.gl/hBjVTS – Marth Stewart – “Creepy Crawly Cake:” By: Martha Stewart Living

 

Pumpkin Carving in 7 Easy Steps!

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If you are anything like me, you get super excited about pumpkin carving every single year and then you mess it up and you’re always wondering what you did wrong and how you can ensure that it doesn’t happen again. Lets face it, everyone KIND OF knows the pumpkin carving steps, but I think there’s an actual fool proof system out there that we’ve been neglecting to give attention because we just think we already know how to carve our pumpkins.

Every year it’s the same thing with me… I don’t carve the walls thin enough and therefore I can’t carve through… OR I carve the walls too thin and my pumpkin wall just collapses… then, I use a stencil that doesn’t want to stay on and it gets wet and soggy and rips off and I’m left with a “design” that looks nothing like it’s supposed to. At that point, I’ve given up and I’m left with a huge mess of pumpkin seeds and wet pulp to clean up.

I’m simply trying to break the cycle of this awful pumpkin carving experience for myself, and all of my readers. There HAS to be a more successful, enjoyable and cleaner way to get our pumpkins carved and placed out on the porch glowing brightly in the night!

Now, carving kits are wonderful inventions for pumpkin carving because they usually include a few different tools to help you and they usually also include a variety of different Halloween stencils to choose from. They’re basically an inexpensive and convenient way to pumpkin carve. I personally think they are a great idea for kids as most of the tools aren’t as sharp as knives or saws or other tools you might use for pumpkin carving, therefore I highly recommend you pick one up here to help guide you through the pumpkin carving process even if you do decide to use some more intense tools.

So, first things first!

1. Bring Mr. or Mrs. Pumpkin home and lay out your tools. Whether it’s your carving kit, or other tools, you’ll want to have them ready for the job. You can actually use a number of different tools to create an incredible pumpkin carving. Some of these tools you may not have at home or may not have even heard of them, stick with a few you have at home or pick a couple up at your local shop! Here’s a list of some super helpful carving tools:

2. Pick out your pumpkin! This step can easily be one of the best steps… skip your local super market and go pumpkin picking with your family or significant other! Places that have pumpkin picking are usally farms that also have hay rides, corn mazes, games, hot chocolate and other fun things to do while you choose your favorite pumpkin. I also recommend getting a back-up pumpkin, just in case something goes wrong with your first one.

  • miniature or keyhole saws
  • power drill
  • needle tool or pin
  • cookie cutters
  • scraping tool

You also want to make sure you have stencils and tape if you’re going to do a design on your pumpkin. If you have a carving kit, most will include a variety of different stencils to choose from.  Once you have your stencil chosen and your tools ready, make sure you pick an area of your home where you can easily lay everything out. Lay a towel or trash bag down to collect pulp and pumpkin seeds so you don’t make a mess!

3. Once you have your pumpkin carving location ready and set, the first thing you want to do is carve a hole in your pumpkin. Most commonly, people will choose to carve a hole in the top where the stem is, you can do that or you can carve it in the bottom. Either option is fine because you are doing this so you can put a candle or tea light in your pumpkin to illuminate it when you are finished.

4. The next step is the messiest! Now is where you will get all the pulp and seeds out of the inside of your pumpkin so you have a nice, smooth, clean area for illumination when you put your pumpkin outside at night. Use a large spoon or scraping tool to get as much of the gunk out as you can while simultaneously thinning the inside walls of the pumpkin for easier carving.

5. The next step is designing! Your stencil will most likely be a standard size of 8.5 x 11 so cut around the design slightly to make it smaller and more manageable on your pumpkin. Then you’ll want to tape it or secure it to the pumpkin the best way that you can. Make sure you pick a nice, smooth, clear side of your pumpkin for your design! Use the needle tool or pin to poke holes to replicate the design on to your pumpkin. Make sure you poke the holes deep enough so you are able to see them once you remove the stencil.

6. After you remove the stencil paper, you should be able to clearly see your poked holes. You will carve these areas with a miniature saw or carving tool from your kit! Carve well so the pieces fall out, grab each once and toss it away. You’ll already start to see your design coming together! Once you are finished carving all the area you made with your pin, marvel at your hard work! Do any last minute touches to your design!

7. To light up your pumpkin, simply place a small candle or electric tealight inside and place your pumpkin outside in a special area where everyone can see it.

Tip: To keep it from turning brown and last longer, apply a thin exposed areas of your pumpkin with a thin layer of Vaseline!

Check out our carving kits and and other pumpkin tools like tealights, here!

Find more information for pumpkin carving here!